Category Archives: Wordsmith

Introducing New Sudden Denouement Writer Vicki Wilson

Vicki Wilson, a strong new voice in the secret language at Sudden Denouement:

“The pause
It is the pause
Between heartbeats
Where I await the echo
To signal that it can beat again…

…that I can breathe again…”

Read the whole piece:

I am an amateur poet, published author and professional technical analyst… all of these things mean I basically solve puzzles for a living, and to keep from dying. I know this because I died once. Metaphorically. Six years of a slow death by industrialised decision making. In the end I was so numb to living I ceased to exist. But burn-out has a silver lining, you wake up and all you have left is steel and the rich black of sticky charcoal to make your mark. I am still learning how to hold a pen, how to form words into a living thing, but my scratchings are mine, they are made with the corpse of who I was. I offer them as evidence I exist.

I have recently published a children’s book – written and illustrated by myself – under the banner of dragonflypublishing. You can find me there writing my next one:

Poetry, beauty, romance, love

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
Dead Poets Society

Art by Romany Soup.

Peripheral Visions – David Lohrey

Let’s say that most of us flicker in silence, David Lohrey is one of the few who flickers in a roar.
Read his amazing piece on Sudden Denouement:

“They’ve outlawed torture because it doesn’t work,

but they forgot to tell my little brother.
I went to Madrid and wanted paella but all I found

was frozen pizza.
I traveled to Saudi Arabia and knew exactly what I wanted,”

[David Lohrey is from Memphis, where he grew up, and now lives in Tokyo, where he teaches and writes for local travel magazines. He graduated from UC Berkeley and then moved to LA where he lived for over 20 years.

Internationally, his poetry can be found in Otoliths, Stony Thursday Anthology, Sentinel Quarterly, and Tuck Magazine. In the US, recent poems have appeared in Poetry Circle, FRiGG, Obsidian, and Apogee Journal. His fiction can be read in Crack the Spine, Dodging the Rain, and Literally Stories.

David’s The Other Is Oneself, a study of 20th-century literature, was published in 2016, while his first collection of poetry, Machiavelli’s Backyard, was released in September 2017. He is a member of the Sudden Denouement Collective.]


Give your heart
but to whom
Shall desire.

Allow your joy
to be received
with greatest care
and tunes of innocence.

Strengthen the bond of yourselves
but to surpass
the nameless peril
of Deception.

Name the mirror
in which you catch
the single moment
of deep, ungrateful

© Iulia Halatz

(An old story from 2017)

Art by Dani Soon.

The Night is for many things but … Jonathan O’Farrell

Wonderful piece by Jonathan on Sudden Denouement:

“I would rather walk
my authentic steps into the night,
embracing obscurity,

than remain pliant fodder
for certainly lovely honey-traps
laid aforehand, by well-meaning pity.”

[Photo: Jonathan O’Farrell]

“I guess you might describe me as a semi-nomad, at the moment . . . and in the moment, I might change. I am transitioning into a creative life, blogging, photography and, significantly, the publication of my first two photographically illustrated poetry anthologies, this year.”

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Overlay – Erich Michaels

Would you believe me
If I told you
The song playing in the other room
Just faint enough to be imperceptible
Will color your entire day
That it’s set your head askew…

Erich Michaels describes himself as “just trying to share the human experience.” He has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, but find himself writing SOPs (lather, rinse, repeat) in order to make a living, which can be detrimental to the creative process. You can find him on the road to recovery at Erich Michaels. Every journey begins with a single step, right?

Call for submissions- Olive Skins

First of all, I would like to extend my gratitude to all my genuine followers who have supported my work in the best possible way over the years and so now I am thrilled to announce that my dear friend Kristiana and I are soon going to start our own collective OLIVE SKINS which is scheduled for June end. This collective will be a collection of all the brave voices out there which often go unheard by others. The aim is to take submissions about mental health, pain, abstract poems, and fiction.


“That’s the place to get to-nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewhere, into our own nowhere.”
D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, 1920

Words get to-nowhere, but they come from Erehown (an anagram for Nowhere in Samuel Butler’s brilliant imagination). This book is not about an era when time was great and people small, but about a time when people were great. Still are…
Erehown is where now-words sound the same or better in 200 years time.

They get to nowhere because my words describe my feelings sieved thru the alphabet, or is it a syllabary? Just feeling in a heavy coat of letters and knowledge in two hundred years of green.

There is a story to it.
I graduated the Faculty of Letters in late 90s. I have a BA in English.
But the experience papers are full to the brim. One of them taught me basically everything I needed to know about writing.
A brilliant professor asked us to write an essay about the last part of Gulliver’s Travels (A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms). In doing so, he “drew” in a pie chart the trends in Philosophy (empiricism and rationalism) he wanted us to assess in our essays with a view to Part IV of Gulliver’s Travels.

Guess what? We embraced the old ways and produced a melting pot of traditional views on the topic. The essay was one step to sitting in the final exam, which we (already) failed.
Finally, we put our minds to it, accepted his brilliant vision and ‘learned to think anew”.
It is just an example of an inspired mistake that moved us forward.

Imagination doesn’t deal writing with an even hand. Your words must be true and woven on the steps others have built for you. It is unifying and putting things together. If I am not mistaken, this is Steve Jobs definition of creativity: “Creativity is just connecting things.”

Connect everything you know and love in a tale.
Connect the answers for “What do you love?” and “What are you good at?” in one single simple tale. It is fascinating how much you can learn about you, your skills, your abysses, your humanity that can be of help to others.

“By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.” – Sallust
We write stories that unite – two people, two dreams, two companies at a time.
And guess what? I teach English in graphs (and tables).

Art by a powerful character who paints postmodern myths – Tatiana Kazakova.

© Iulia Halatz

Surrender to decay – Christine Ray

Invincible artistry in Christine Ray‘s words on

“together they created a home for hope
a classic combination for deliciousness
riding the Darjeeling Express
they chose to
surrender to decay…”

Christine E. Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can read more of her work on her blog Brave and Reckless. The Myths of Girlhood is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Online, and Book Depository.